From the archives: St Mirren 2005/06

Thursday 23rd March 2017
saints 2005-06

St Mirren are aiming to win the IRN-BRU Cup for the second time when they face Dundee United at Fir Park on Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm.

The Buddies claimed the trophy back in 2005/06, beating Hamilton Accies 2-1 at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium with goals from Simon Lappin and John Sutton.

It was a memorable season for the Paisley club, who went on to win the First Division title under the management of Gus MacPherson. Saints clinched the championship with a 2-1 win over Dundee at Love Street in April to complete an impressive double.

MacPherson recalled: “The memory of the final was the crowd and the kick-off was delayed. We’d been going pretty well in the league, as had Hamilton. They were our closest challengers at the time so it was two evenly-matched teams but we played well on the day. 

“We got stronger as the game went on and John Sutton scored a really good goal after a fantastic cross from David van Zanten and I think we deserved to win it. The celebrations were good and there was an annual dinner at the hotel so the players were in among the supporters.”

Challenge Cup final line-up 
Chris Smith
David van Zanten
Kirk Broadfoot    
Andy Millen (Mark Reilly 76)        
Kevin McGowne 
John Potter
Hugh Murray    
Charlie Adam (Billy Mehmet 69)    
Stewart Kean
John Sutton
Simon Lappin

Subs (not used)
Alan Reid
Mark Corcoran
Craig Hinchcliffe (GK)

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